Spinzilla 2017 Is Done

Spinzilla 2017 ended on October 8th, and although I didn’t quite match my yardage from Spinzilla 2015, I did pretty damn well this year.

All the yarn was spun from Sweet Georgia fiber club selections. I spun and plied it all on my Schacht Flatiron except for one skein that was spun on the Flatiron but plied on my Schacht Ladybug.

The Sweet Georgia Spinzilla team was great. The moderator ran the Ravelry Group and team to perfection. She was supportive and kind, as were all the team members. And as if it wasn’t enough that we all got to be part of such a great team, Sweet Georgia (aka Felicia Lo) sent me this to thank me for being on the team.

Yes, that’s a braid of fiber and a water bottle. There is also a card included with a coupon code.

The other side of the water bottle. I love that it’s in Sweet Georgia’s signature color, hot pink.

Really, I should be thanking her (and did thank her) for welcoming me to the Sweet Georgia team. It was an honor and a privilege to represent Sweet Georgia Yarns during Spinzilla.

I don’t think I’ll be doing Spinzilla again. It’s just a little too intense for me. But I don’t regret participating this year.

Post-TDF Spinning 

I will soon have some knitting to share with yinz, but until then, here’s some spinning for your viewing pleasure.

Spunky Eclectic Carpe Diem on Farmer’s Woolpool Sheepswool from the March 2017 Spunky Club. It’s a 2-ply that I spun on my Ashford Traveller and plied on my Schacht Ladybug.

Spunky Eclectic TACO on Polwarth from the November 2017 Spunky Club. This is another 2-ply that I spun on my Schacht Flatiron and plied on my Ladybug.

Last but not least is another Spunky fiber, from the June 2017 Spunky Club in the color way Cold Feet on Cheviot. Mmmmm. Cheviot. I am spinning it on the Flatiron and I hope to end up with a 2-ply sock yarn.

Tour De Fleece Day 16 (Stage 15)

Today was a challenge day, and since I didn’t do any spinning yesterday because I sometimes do have a life, I challenged myself to spin a full 4 ounces of fiber today.

Here is a picture of success!

ITW Zephyr on Polwarth. This is a fractal spin done on my Flatiron in double drive. The singles are very thin and when plied together will make a fingering weight yarn, or maybe sport weight if the Polwarth poofs a lot when I wash the skein.

Tour De Fleece 2017 Day 11 (Stage 10)

I finished spinning up the ITW Yipes! Stripes! today.

The second bobbin is all done. I will ply it with the first bobbin to make a 2-ply. It will definitely be thick-and-thin because that’s the way I spun the singles.

I might ply it tomorrow. I have lots of plying to do, so I decided to do some plying after I finished Yipes!

This is Gilmore’s Glorious Good, another Into The Whirled color way, in the process of being chain plied in Irish tension on my Schacht Flatiron.

Tour De Fleece 2017 Day 9

Lots of progress today. I managed to spin four ounces of Cheviot using supported long draw and most of four ounces of Targhee in my usual short forward draw.

Yipes! Stripes! at the top and two bobbins of North of the Wall below

Into The Whirled Targhee. If you are old enough to remember Fruit Stripe Gum, you will understand the name of this color way, Yipes! Stripes!

The second bobbin of long draw. The color is off. Long draw puts a lot of air between the fibers so the bobbins fill more quickly.

The first bobbin of long draw. The color is truer than the previous picture. This is also an ITW color way, North of the Wall.